Born to be Mild

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What to expect

‘Temple is a humourist in the classic British mode … he has a genuine comic gift’ Daily Mail

‘A refreshingly unpolished memoir’S Magazine

‘If you’re looking to ease yourself back into normality after lockdown, Born to be Mild should be top of your reading list’ Mail Online

‘A handful of years ago, I moved with my wife to a house on a quiet street in a quiet town and lay quietly in a room for a long time.

I used to love an adventure, but when I hit my thirties I started to become afraid of the world, until I was too frightened to even go outside at all . . . it was just me, my phone and my social media feeds. Doesn’t sound too healthy, does it? It wasn’t.’

Rob Temple runs the social-media empire Very British Problems from the comfort of his own sofa, but what happens when the four walls of your living room become your world?

Everything goes wrong.

In this hilarious and life-affirming memoir, Rob sets out to reinvent himself as an intrepid traveller, a bee-keeper and yogi, all to become a little less Bear (Pooh) and a little more Bear (Grylls). Along the way there are good days and bad days, but with each failed adventure and small triumph, Rob discovers how the mild-mannered and anxious can still enjoy their own share of (gentle) adventure from time to time.

Critics Review

  • A refreshingly unpolished memoir that reads like somebody talking to you with an unfiltered voice.

    Sunday Express, S Magazine
  • A wonderfully hilarious and life-affirming memoir … If you’re looking for an inspiring read to ease yourself back into normality after lockdown, or if you ever feel too anxious to accomplish something, Born to be Mild by Rob Temple should be top of your reading list.

    Mail Online
  • Temple has a lovely turn of phrase and is a humourist in the classic British mode … He has a distinctive voice and a genuine comic gift.

    Daily Mail
  • Temple’s easy style and self-deprecating wit light up the page

    Sunday Business Post

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